Clinician Burnout Demands ‘Bold’ Fixes
Clinicians are struggling to balance the needs of an increased number of sick or injured patients and populations dealing with comorbidities and severe illnesses, the intersection of patient care and technology, documentation requirements and mounting pressure to do more with less.
When these factors collide, there becomes a gap between the way clinicians want to practice and the way they actually do. These threats to integrity can result in moral distress and lead to burnout.
Overall, clinicians are drained physically, mentally and emotionally and their well-being degraded. A committee has been charged with examining the scientific evidence regarding the causes and consequences of burnout and identifying evidence-based systemic solutions.